Fenland karting sensation Russell, 12, clinches dream deal to race for Italian team

SCHOOLBOY karting star George Russell has clinched a dream deal to race for an Italian team as he continues to speed his way towards motorsport fame.

A host of European teams queued up to secure the talented driver’s signature after he romped to a hat-trick of British titles last season. But, 12-year-old Russell, from Tydd St Giles, opted to sign for Intrepid Kart International.

After dominating the Mini-Max category last year he’ll now step-up to the WSK Euro Series KF3 class.

The Wisbech Grammar school student, who will race at speeds of 90mph, said: “I’m not nervous about moving into a faster class, I’m really excited. I want to keep driving quicker because the thrill is so appealing.

“It’s definitely amazing how my career’s progressing but I’ve got to keep working hard. My brother Benji used to race in Italy so I’ve always wanted to race there too.

“It’s probably the most famous country for racing in the world. They all love motorsport and they’re so passionate about it.

“It’s fair to say I’m living my dream at the moment because I’m racing, travelling the world and seeing all these places.”

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The level-headed star realises that success may not be quite as easy this campaign despite last year’s trophy haul with Strawberry Racing of Sheffield.

Russell said: “I’m sad about leaving the team - we worked really closely and achieved so much - but we always knew I’d have to leave to take the next step.

“I’m confident after last season but I’ll be racing against world-class drivers this year who have a great chance of making it in motorsport because some of them are sponsored by Formula 1 teams.

“It’s going to be a lot harder than last year but I’ll still want to beat everyone.

“It’ll be a massive learning curve but I can’t thank my family enough for their continued support. They believe in me which is always a brilliant boost.”